Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Looks For His Own Name In Newspaper Daily

  • Mark Evans
credit: Billy Ingram

credit: Billy Ingram

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is one of the best big men to ever play the game of basketball. He is now 67 years old, and he has found an interesting way to entertain himself in the midst of his retirement.

Every day, Kareem reads the New York Times. While he does so, he makes sure to search the entire newspaper for his name. Via USA Today:

“Once I’m done with my fiction writing, I grab that day’s New York Times and read the entire edition looking for my name,” he told The Wire in an email interview. “If I don’t see it, I send an angry email demanding that they fire the editor.”

I’ll make the assumption that he’s kidding. Well, either that or he has a lot of time on his hands to write daily angry emails to newspaper editors. Either way, I guess.

Over the course of his career, Kareem averaged 24.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 2.0 blocks per game on 55.9% shooting from the field. Not too shabby.

If I had those kind of averages, I’d probably look for my name in the newspaper every day as well.


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